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Live the French Experience

Live the French Experience

"Touring Southern France like a local" is s much more than just a historical tour through France, it is a cultural experience, the trip of a lifetime!  Sipping a coffee at a little café with freshly baked sweets in a peaceful medieval town. Looking out towards the mountains while walking along the ramparts of a magnificent castle with walls around its city 3 miles long. Sharing a delicious French meal with your tour guides and traveling companions. See Example of Menu Here Visiting some of the best vineyards in Southern France for a taste of their wine and touring their Chateaus. Wandering through town and discovering the city square, seeing the stately monuments and religious architecture. Exploring hidden shops in windy medieval streets of a little Provence village, perusing the French markets, and taking a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. We got rid of all the boring stuff like tourist traps, long bus rides, and big crowds so you can spend more time relaxing and experiencing the French culture, hassle-free!

Next: Discover some of the amazing sites included in your tour, below.

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Heritage of Southern France

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Carcassonne Fortified City

Serving as a filming location for the movie Robin Hood, this magnificent city with its fortress and its castle 

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will take your breath away. The citadel derives its reputation from its massive double surrounding walls spanning 1.9 miles and 52 defending towers overlooking the rest of the city. It was designated as a World heritage site by UNESCO (in 1997). The church hidden behind this glorious walls was blessed in 1096 by Pope Urban II. The building combines both Gothic and Roman styles which makes it unique. It also holds splendid stained glasses.

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Les Baux de Provence

The Provence village, sitting in the middle of Alpilles regional country park, officially classified and labelled as "one of the most beautiful villages of France".

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Its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich with 22 architectural treasures classified as "Historic Monuments". (The castle at the top, the church, the houses, the town-hall and more) The landscape and the beauty of the village will take your breath away. Come with us to Provence!

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Avignon

One of the most beautiful cities of France, Avignon kept of its History a heritage of exception which is for the big part registered on the UNESCO world heritage.

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the Popes' Palace (1252) and the Bridge of Avignon (XII), but also the square of the palace with the baroque facade of the hotel of currencies, the museum of the Petit Palais and the cathedral of Doms, as well as the ramparts and the garden of Doms are all listed.

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Pont du Gard

Registered as a UNESCO world heritage as well, the Pont du Gard is a masterpiece of ancient architecture. The major arch

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gap (25 meters) is one of the greatest of the Roman world. The magnificence of this site is the remembrance of the powerful Roman empire.

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Aigues Mortes

A location with 1200 years of history. Tall fortified walls and marsh surrounding this city defended it during the Middle

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 Ages. Just outside the walls is where salt production still takes place where it has been going on since the 13th century. The 7th and 8th crusades were launched from its port, ordered by King Louis the IX. The city and walls still stand looking almost exactly as it did during those times. A wonderful place to visit, walk around, and shop. One of the nicest spots of Provence.

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Montpellier

One of the most vibrant, energetic, and cultural cities in France. The capital of Languedoc-Roussillon knows how to adapts to the times,

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by adding fresh styles of architecture and design while retaining the buildings of the past. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, monuments, and things to see here on our list to visit. You will fall in love with one of the fastest growing city of France. More details about Montpellier below.

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Nimes

This authentic Southern city holds the finest collection of Roman architecture: a magnificent 2000 year old amphitheater, the most well-preserved Roman temple in the world

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and more. Apart from its Roman heritage, Nimes is worth visiting for its attractive city center and its fantastic garden,  Jardin de la Fontaine, which has water flowing through the park and statues guarding since 1745. See our blog post here for the story of the Romans and the Gauls.

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Maguelone's Cathedral

"The Cathedral by the sea." Located in a wonderful site hidden between the beach, vines and ponds in an isolated area

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on the coast. Between the 12th and 13th century in the height of its importance, the Cathedral served as a haven for several expelled Popes of Rome. 

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Cathedral St Pierre

A treasured piece of gothic architecture and valued religious site in the heart of Montpellier, this church looks almost like

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a medieval fortress with two towers overhung by an imposing porch. It was commissioned by Pope Urban V in the late 14th century and became a cathedral in the 16th century when the archbishop was transferred from Maguelone in Montpellier.

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St Guilhem le Desert

Old houses with roof tiles baked by the Languedoc sun for twelve centuries and ancient alleyways. See traces of the past in their

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architecture. Built around the Abbey of Gellone, the village has kept its impressive medieval imprint and constitutes a rare, harmonious site in Languedoc. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France and today its abbey is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Vineyards

While traveling to and from these amazing sites we will stop by two Chateaus to enjoy their wine tasting: the 17th century

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Château de Flaugergues built by the wealthy aristocracy and Chateau de Jonquières built in the 13th century. Both offer fantastic wines and are beautiful sites to walk around, enjoy the scenery, and relax. » More details about Vineyards

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The Mediterranean

An other great reason to come to Southern France is for the sea and its seafood. Your hotel is located at the beach for you to enjoy it the best way. Morning strolls, swimming, tanning or even  

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enjoy the different water activities that offer Palavas: Jet-skiing, boat ride, Pedal Boat (1h rental included in your tour package), Paddle Board.. Or you can simply enjoy the beauty of the beach while eating an ice cream and walking barefoot in the sand! This is what makes our tour a real vacation: your hotel for 7 days at the beach. Book you spot today on our tour: "Touring Southern France Like a Local" !

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Palavas-les-Flots, your home base

Palavas-les-Flots, the oldest French beach town where the French started to come on vacation since 1850 will be your home town for a week. You hotel located across from the Mediterranean sea will be the best place to relax after a nice day trip to one of the prestigious sites presented to you above. The beach town offers great activities that you can experience during your free time during the day or the night such as shopping, bars, restaurants, the casino, the beach, water sports, boat rides, mini golf, gorgeous parks, farmer market, the fair, concerts, fireworks ect...  We selected the best hotel in town by the beach to enjoy your trip the best way possible.

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Montpellier, Heart of the South

11 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France, Montpellier is the ideal holiday destination, a historic, effervescent city with attractions that rank among the most prestigious world heritage sites. From its medieval narrow streets –a must for shopping!- to the new districts designed by the greatest architects of our time, get ready to fall in love! 

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    Example 3 Course Menu

    APPETIZER:

    - Onion Soup

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    - Marinated Salmon with Ginger and Honey

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    - Country Style "Pate"

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    - Grilled Camembert (cheese)


    ENTREE:

    - Calamari stew

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    - Grilled Sirlion with Foie Gras Sauce

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    - Duck Leg Confit

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    - Fresh Fish of the Day


    DESSERT:

    -Chesnut Creme & Vanilla, Chocolate Ice Cream

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    -Crème Brulée

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    -Chocolate Cake

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    - French Toast, Salted Caramel Sauce & Ice Cream